The US message to OPEC

Life becomes complicated for a US energy secretary who claims to be negotiating for lower oil prices with members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. So many conflicting signals emerge from the administration he serves."I've been negotiating with OPEC nations to get oil prices down," Energy Sec. Bill Richardson said on May 21 in a commencement address at Boston University Law School. "And we're still working on it, so hang in there."This no doubt comforted graduates who have watched oil-product prices rise during their last few months of school. But what should they make of the announcement, just 4 days earlier, of an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to r...

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